The midterm elections are likely to result in major gains for Republicans. They are preaching a clear message: the need to make the federal government smaller and more accountable to the American people.
Yet no matter how well Republicans do in November, the Obama administration is still likely to stand in the way of real reform at the federal level, ensuring a standoff that could last through the 2012 presidential election.
There doesn’t need to be a stalemate at the state level, however, since voters across the nation are poised to elect GOP governors and conservative state legislative majorities. They will be able to act immediately to address the fiscal crises that plague their states, devising innovative and less costly ways to deliver vital public services to their citizens.